Hot Arizona Day!

This was the smart electric drive on a hot August day. Outside temp about 110 degrees, car reading 127 because of the hot asphalt (I took this while in stop-and-go traffic on the highway). I had the Air Conditioning on, and the car was doing just fine. You'll notice the performance bars are not at 100% - this is likely because the battery cooling system was working hard to keep the car running well. I have not had the same battery depletion issues as the Nissan Leaf - and I think a lot of that has to do with the active/liquid cooling system on the battery.

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Comment by Gerald Lee Veselsky on December 21, 2012 at 6:53am

One more thing sorry i do wish the seat belt was higher im 6ft 2 and it kind of pulls down on my left shoulder so i have to adjust it sometimes when it feels to tight.

Comment by Gerald Lee Veselsky on December 21, 2012 at 6:51am

That was really smart and im glad you like the electric smart. I actually get really gd gas mileage i usually get 40mpg all the time, the best i ever got was 43.7 on a 10 hour trip to michigan with my daughter. I agree about the acceleration, when im between 20 and 30 mph it like almost stalls but thats about the only complaint i have. I bought the middle arm rest so i could put my wallet in it, plus for my arm that broke and the company that made them doesnt do it anymore i was bummed about that, but ive learned to live with it. I love the heated seats they work real nice, so does my cruise control. I actually didnt have cruise control when i first bought it didnt know how much i would take it on the highway, but i loved it on the highway so i went back and got the cruise and so far so good. 

Comment by Mindy Kimball on December 20, 2012 at 11:19am

I didn't have a regular smart before getting this electric drive.  I had a reservation on one back in 2007, but when I test drove it I wasn't happy with the rough acceleration, and I was hoping for better gas mileage than what they actually delivered.

I decided to lease the new smart electric drive because I had been trying for nearly 8 years to get my hands on a reliable electric car, and I promised myself I would get the first thing available (as long as I could afford it and if it was factory-made).  I was months away from getting a Nissan Leaf, but the smart came out first so I jumped on it.  I'm very happy with the smart over the Leaf - if I used it for more than commuting I would probably want the extra seats in the Leaf.  Back in 2010, I decided I would be OK with a lease because it let me get my hands on an electric and drive it while all of the technology was getting rapidly improved... then at the end of the lease I will theoretically have dozens of models of electric car to choose from on the market.

Comment by Gerald Lee Veselsky on December 20, 2012 at 6:19am

Sorry meant to put did you have a regular smart before you got the electric one, and im new in here. Ty.

Comment by Gerald Lee Veselsky on December 20, 2012 at 6:17am

How long does it take to charge in a regular outlet? The roundtrip for my daughters soccer practice is 72 miles so looks like i would be ok. Im going to look and see if the electric smart has come to chicago yet, is the cost much more than the regular smart car? I paid around 18,000 for mine i woildnt mind paying more for the electric one im sure it would be worth it. I always put the high octane gas in like the manual says to do, im wondering if other owners have put regular gas in and has it been ok? Like do you get the same gas mileage, does it ping? Im afraid to put it in then it messes up the engine and it voids my warranty. I know you have an electric, but i was wondering if you talk to someone in here about that, or has a regular smart before you bought this one. Im knew in here so u r really the only person i have talked to. Ty.

Comment by Mindy Kimball on December 19, 2012 at 9:25pm

I can go between 70-90 miles on a charge, depending on how fast I drive.  Going no more than 35 mph or so on side roads, I can get more than 90 miles on a charge.  Going on the highway at 60 mph, I get closer to 75 miles out of a charge.  With heat or AC on, it only effects my total range by a few miles.  I'd say if you have a round-trip commute of less than 60 miles, you'll never ever worry about the range (even with doing a few errands and/or going out for lunch).  In DC, my round-trip was 50 miles.  I charged it every night, and it did fine.  Even in snow, on the highways, and with temps below freezing.  There is a pre-conditioning feature which lets you warm up the battery and interior of the car as long as it is plugged in to the 220V charger... definitely a plus for cold days.  Now, in Arizona, my commute is 32 miles round-trip, so I have gone a few times only charging the car every other day... but it is so convenient that I usually plug in every day just in case...  You should test drive the Mitsubishi iMiev (in showrooms now) to get a feel for how an electric car drives.  I personally think the smart electric is smoother, and interior is nicer... but it would give you an idea of the feel.  See if you like it!

Comment by Gerald Lee Veselsky on December 18, 2012 at 3:15pm

Wow i didnt know that and im glad that u really seem to like it. I have had my smart car since april on 2009 i have almost 38,000 miles on it, and i would get another in a heartbeat. I drive a lot by myself and i wanted to get a car with great gas mileage, and stop wasting gas and i really couldnt be happier with it. I live in a suburb of chicago so i wondering since its electric we probably didnt get any here because of the cold. How far can you go on a charge?

Comment by Mindy Kimball on December 18, 2012 at 2:06pm

I've had the electric drive since January 2011.  Almost 2 years now!  I just turned over 17000 miles last week.  I was part of a pilot program called "Team 250" where 250 of them came to the U.S.  Most went to fleets, but some went to individuals like me.  Mine is "generation 2" but the new one coming out is "generation 3" and they've made some nice improvements over the one I have.  The reviews have been good so far, and the price is certainly right!  I think the latest estimate is that the generation 3 smart electric drive will hit dealerships in March or April of 2013.  They already allow signups/reservations.

Comment by Gerald Lee Veselsky on December 18, 2012 at 12:58pm

How long have you had this smart electric car? I didnt even know they were out yet? Ty

Comment by jwight on December 12, 2012 at 12:40pm

Thanks for the info.

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